Jan 29, 2018
New Jersey Devils
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Radu47</b></div><div>What? Apparently it's the 90s again and they're playing against Derian Hatchers every night? I mean they'd just dance around him too like Afinogenov did
Good luck to anyone catching up with and or disposessing that line especially with Hughes maturing, almost as if hockey is 90% skill based...
If anything it's a potential breakout line in 20-21</div></div>
The Devils need some grit man, even the Leafs went out and got Bogosian and Simmonds. Plus TBL brought in my physical guys to balance out the skill (i.e. Bogosian, Maroon, Goodrow, Coleman, and Schenn).
I'm not saying I need Janseen, Rupp, and Luc-Lebold back, but get some guys that can hit, play defense, and play on the penalty kill.
I'd say its worse, at least last year the hope was Hall would rebound/ stay healthy. This year its hoping that Hughes develops ( a lot) and Murray stays heathy. Doubt they are even competitive.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Ragsandbluesfan</b></div><div>They'll definitely be competitive, but I could see them beat down by the occasional really physical team like st louis, dallas or boston</div></div>
Yeah its the Ice Capades out there now: Johnsson, Gusev, Hughes, Bratt, Palmieri, Carrick, Seney, Merkley, Butcher, Smith, and Boqvist all under 6' 0" and 200 lbs. The Devils are trying to be the Maple Leafs but without all the high-end talent offensive talent.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>flyersarephilly</b></div><div>Even without retention the devils still have more than enough cap space to take on the full contract and in the worst case you leave him unprotected and he's off the books just like that. He's a 20-25 goal scorer yearly and its not like the devils couldn't use someone to just put the puck in the net. He'd probably be a great piece to play with Hischier or Hughes.</div></div>
From a positive view; from a negative view he is 31, already looking like he is regressing, cap hit $7,000,000 for 3 more years, had okay numbers playing on a much better team than the Devils, and has been scratched during the playoffs,
Also as Smitty mentioned, the Devils aren't a LW away from competing, might as well save cap and leave a spot open in the top 6 for Bratt, Boqvist, Kuokkanen, or maybe even Foote.